This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. G. Wright writes: "I send you to-day by mail, a small cake of sugar from Boxelder. My trees are eight or nine years old, and about six inches in diameter. Three trees gave twelve quarts of sap in two days, and you have half of the sugar. Here we plant Boxelder on sandy and poor land where nothing else but Stock Pines would grow".
[The sugar was of very superior quality. The Common Silver maple also yields excellent sugar as well as the Boxelder, as the Ashleaved Maple is called. By the way we should be glad to know how this tree came by the name of Box-elder. - Ed. G. M].